Bryan Kent Wallace
Bryan Kent Wallace was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Grambling State University, Grambling, LA where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree, Physics; Fisk University, Nashville, TN, Master of Science, Plasma Physics; and has conducted extensive graduate work in Astronomy & Education at Vanderbilt University. He is currently working on his Doctorate of Education Leadership at David Lipscomb University.
Mr. Wallace was offered a position as a Research Assistant in Fisk University’s Physics Department, upon completion of his Masters Degree. He served in that position for three years, and accepted a full time faculty position in the fall of 2002. Currently, he serves as a physics faculty member and is the Director of Physics Laboratories. In that capacity, he assumed responsibility for the modernization and instruction in all physics undergraduate laboratories, as well as, laboratory curriculum. Under his supervision, the Physics laboratories have advanced from partial to full computerization of data collection, and received numerous improvements by way of renovation, organization, and utilization of more efficient equipment.
Mr. Wallace is currently Primary Investigator for Fisk University’s Rocket Science Program, entitled Altitude Achievement Missile Team (F.A.A.M.T). This program was built from scratch to compete in a NASA competition known as University Student Launch Initiative (USLI), wherein the students design, build, launch and recover a sounding rocket carrying a scientific payload, which must achieve an altitude of exactly one mile. In its first year of this competition, Fisk University Placed 4th overall, and Placed 2nd, in reaching the one-mile target altitude. Fisk placed above Alabama A&M, Mississippi State, and Auburn University. All of the aforementioned schools have engineering, aerospace engineering programs or both. Fisk competed with a Physics program, only.
Mr. Wallace engages in extensive work pipelining university students in to Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers as well as engaging in mentoring programs aimed at building self-efficacy in under-represented populations in K-12. The goal of these efforts is to encouraging them to become full participants in their STEM curriculum and eventually go into STEM related careers.
Bryan Kent Wallace
Director of Physics Laboratories
BS – Physics – Grambling State University
MA – Plasma Physics – Fisk University
Ed.d. – Learning Organizations and Strategic Change – David Lipscomb University – (August 2014)
R. 323 Dubois Hall